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Darling, Your White Liberal Narcissism Is Not Progressive

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I met ‘Tony’ in East London. A female friend and I were twosing a Marlboro Gold outside The M by Montcalm hotel when suddenly his pitbull-lab mix, a beautiful puppy bearing fifty kilos of muscle and a particularly slobbery disposition, came bounding up to us on a taut, red leash, its markedly less energetic master, Tony, on the other end. Later, over a drink, Tony told me about his recent battle with ailing health, his successful career in app development, and his breezy admiration for women of darker complexions. Here was a man who knew hardship and discrimination, had made much of himself in spite of them, and owned a cute dog. What wasn’t there to like?

Well… this.

T'challa, protagonist of 2018 Marvel superhero film 'Black Panther' in article 'Story Time: White Liberal Indifference Is Not Progressive'

‘Race mattered so little that such conversation only detracted from the film’s ability to be a fun, silly superhero movie.’

On the second date, Tony made a mistake I have often seen in young, white liberals’ professions of alliance: stressing the unimportance of race in relation to intelligence, attractiveness, capability, and so on, to the point of utter eradication. That so many people do still feel that race does have bearing on those qualities was why, as I calmly tried to tell him, something like Black Panther‘s predominantly all-black cast and positive racial representation had become such huge points of discussion amongst black and non-black people alike. He acknowledged my argument but said that to him race mattered so little ‘in the grand scheme of things’ that these conversations served only to detract from the film’s ability to be a fun, silly superhero action movie. He said this with the proudest look on his face, unshakeably confident that his logic could be nothing but a shining example of advocacy for racial equality. The next day I stopped returning his calls.

However what I did end up returning, eventually, was to the paradox of how Tony (or indeed previous dates like Jack the actor, who’d believed that the key to racial harmony was to allow everyone to say the n-word, or Daniel the broker, who’d argued that an attractive black girl could better relate to a pretty white girl’s experiences of sexism than with an ‘ugly’ black girl’s of racism) could in one sentence agree on racism’s existence and in another completely disregard its influence. It was as if, because racism shouldn’t exist, just as he sees it to not exist in his own behaviour, race merits zero discussion or acknowledgement in any other context – unless you’re the one with an issue with race, of course.

‘Insensitive indifference and the white man’s burden appear to be two sides of the same narcissistic coin.’

At the time, I didn’t know what to make of it all. It looked a lot like the common ‘I don’t see colour’ spiel, with the same self-congratulatory flavour but less defensive and somehow more sincere. At a second glance, it has a little more in common with the modern white man’s burden. Overly emphatic consideration for a minority struggle as a public show of moral superiority and a firm belief that it’s the right thing to do? Check and check. I still can’t work out which is more distasteful – the white saviour mantle donned by passionate but misguided ‘allies’ whose voices and actions drown out those of whom they claim to support, or the blind and ironically insensitive indifference that Tony took such pride in. I wonder if these days the latter is in reaction to the former, born from a distaste for ‘SJW’ outrage and taking form as a deliberately antithetical apathy. Nevertheless they appear to be two sides of the same narcissistic coin and are certainly more indicative of a lack of intellectual growth rather than a melanin-deficiant racial makeup. I can think of more than a few times when a younger An earnestly cooed to a gay friend, “I just don’t get why who you want to fuck means people would treat you differently, you know?

In the end, who knows. Maybe this article is all nonsense.

Maybe I just really needed to vent about that date.

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The Diversity JUMPED out: Savage x Fenty Fashion Show Gave us all the Inclusion we Needed

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Last night Savage x Fenty by Rihanna ended New York Fashion Week with a bang! The lingerie brand had an array of women from different skin tones to body types. Rih wanted to show the world that ANYONE can wear Savage x Fenty and feel sexy. There were even pregnant models featured in the show. Yes, pregnant. Get into the models and event down below:

 

Rihanna is taking the fashion industry by storm. Let’s hope other fashion brands can follow suit.

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Lawrence Makes His Way Back to Insecure and Leaves Us SHOOK

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Lawrence must’ve had a seasonal positional at Best Buy because he is back but will he be in a full-time employee in Issa’s life?

Insecure delivered one of the most sickening episodes with “High-Like” episode 4, and not because they brought back breaking couch potato, Lawrence. It was the conversation about friendships and how things change. Dealing with real situations and how friends can all have something going on but also come to support one another. But for some of us seeing Lawrence made us wet and how us wondering why since we didn’t want to see him anymore.

The last 2 minutes as Issa walks in 7-Eleven after trying to assure Tiffany that things will be the same after she has her baby. Tiffany seems to be reluctant that it will be. Issa walks into the store to get some water and runs into Chad the Bluetooth wearing real estate agent. As she looked over to her left (in my Tweet voice) their goes Lawrence looking so good without a mustache OH MY! Issa’s looks as if she is excited and Chad’s mood is all of us!

Take a look at some of the reactions from Twitter as some said: “To hell with Lawrence!”

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Black People Stay Winning! Tiffany Haddish & Katt Williams Win Emmys!

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Tiffany Haddish made history last year for the being the first black female comedienne to host “Saturday Night Live.” Her performance garnered her a Creative Emmy for “best guest actress in a comedy.” During her SNL episode, Haddish addressed the hot button issue of sexual assault in Hollywood. It’s great that Haddish was able to bridge the gap between comedy and current events and get an Emmy for it! Haddish beat out Maya Rudolph, Jane Lynch, Tina Fey, and Wanda Sykes.

Another Emmy award winner we’re excited about is Katt Williams. The comedian won “best guest actor in a comedy” for his appearance on FX’s “Atlanta.” Katt Williams played Earn’s Uncle Willy and stole the show. This is great news because Williams career has gone through its ups and downs along with his personal life. With the Netflix special and this Emmy hopefully, this indicates that the “It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin'” comedian’s career is on an incline and we get to see him in more TV and film projects. Williams beat out Bryan Cranston, Donald Glover, Sterling K. Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bill Hader for the award.

It’s great to see black talent that would be classified as “ghetto” or “ratchet” win Emmy awards. This goes to show that that respectability politics isn’t ruling anything over here. Black people are being their authentic selves and getting awards for it.

Are y’all here for the Emmy’s now that we’re getting awards or are they still late like always? Let us know in the comments.

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